Masters Courses

The University of Leeds has a selection of excellent water-related MSc and MRes courses.

Masters courses at the School of Geography:

MSc River Basin Management. Core components of the programme are river basin hydrology, key issues and skills and professional development. You will be able to gain advanced knowledge and skills in geomorphology, water quality, river ecology, environmental assessment, sanitation, water resources management, GIS, remote sensing and programming. Further details available here.

Masters by Research Our MSc or MA by Research (MbR) is distinct from our taught masters programmes and involves planning, implementing and writing up a research project (12 months full time; 24 months part-time). You will be supervised by two members of academic staff and will be encouraged to submit your work for publication at the end of the course. Further details available here.

Masters courses at the School of Earth and Environment:

For general information about MSc Sustainable and Environment courses available in the School, click here.

MSc Environment and Development This programme led by the Sustainability Research Institute provides high-quality interdisciplinary training on issues where the need for economic development and environmental conservation meet. The programme brings together academic expertise from the Schools of Earth and Environment and Politics and International Studies and draws on specialist knowledge and experience of Sustainability from both practitioner and research communities. The programme provides both theoretical and practical training in environment, development and sustainability. This course draws on theories in both the social and natural science disciplines and from practice. This course is therefore of relevance to candidates from a range of backgrounds. Further details available here.

MSc Climate Change and Environmental Policy This programme provides a unique combination of training on the physical, social and policy aspects of climate change and on broader environmental policy. It provides students with a solid foundation in the physical science of climate change, climate change impacts, adaptation to and mitigation of climate change, and with a critical understanding of the policy tools that can be used to promote environmental protection. Further details available here.

MSc Sustainability and Consultancy This programme is aimed at graduates and professionals who want to pursue roles as consultants and managers in the corporate social responsibility, environmental management and sustainability arenas. The programme, which was the first of its kind in the UK, combines courses that provide grounding in the broad scope of topics which sit under the umbrella of sustainability, ranging from project development to corporate sustainability strategy; alongside courses that focus on the tangible professional skills that are used by environmental and sustainability consultants and project managers. Further details available here.

MSc Sustainability and Business Uniquely based outside of a business school context, this programme adopts an interdisciplinary approach to the complex relationship between business and the different dimensions of sustainability. Taught by specialists in sustainability, the course combines a conceptual review of the relationships between business, environment and society with a more applied examination of the wide range of initiatives that relate to environmental management and corporate social responsibility. Further details available here.

MSc Ecological Economics Many of the most serious environmental and social problems that we face can be traced to root causes in our economic system.  On this programme, you will develop an understanding of how economic activity gives rise to environmental and social problems, and be introduced to the main tools to tackle them. You will join one of the largest and most renowned centres of ecological economics research in the world on a programme that challenges conventional thinking and introduces a real-world approach to teaching economics.  The programme combines modules that help you build strong conceptual foundations in sustainability with specialist modules in ecological, environmental, and heterodox economics.  It’s open to all students with an interest in economic issues, and does not require a previous degree in economics. Further details available here.

Masters courses at the School of Civil Engineering:

MSc Environmental Engineering & Project Management This course provides consultants, operators, regulators and managers with the professional skills and training to contribute to the provision of environmentally sound and economically sustainable systems in the fields of clean water supply, wastewater treatment, and the management of solid waste, including wastes from the oil industry. Further details available here.

MSc Water, Sanitation and Health Engineering This course is for consultants, professionals working in international development and public health workers. It will provide you with an in-depth understanding of how to deliver effective modern water supply, sanitation and other public health interventions in urban and rural areas in low-income and transitional economies. It has a strong focus on the development of practical and policy skills and addresses the critical future challenges of climate change, population growth and urbanisation. Further details available here.

Masters courses at the School of Philosophy, Religion and History of Science:

MA in History of Science, Technology and Medicine In this course you will gain insight into the complex history of technology, medicine, scientific knowledge and methodology, as well as how they have shaped the world we live in. This course will also explore the themes, concepts and debates in the study of the history of science through core modules. Further details available here.

Masters courses at the Faculty of Biological Sciences:

MSc/MRes Biodiversity and Conservation (African Field Course optional) Learning on this course will be heavily influenced by their world-class research, which drives national and international policy agendas around environmental change and global sustainability. Distinct from similar courses offered in the UK, the course concentrates on the biological principles underlying biodiversity, its assessment and management. Further details available for MSc and MRes

MSc Bioscience This course gives you the opportunity to develop a broad scientific base on which to build your future career. University of Leeds offer you the flexibility and choice needed to study exciting contemporary topics whilst introducing you to the cutting-edge techniques being used to advance scientific discovery. Further details available here

MSc Infection, Immunity and Human Disease This course will give you advanced training in the mechanisms underpinning a spectrum of infectious and non-infectious diseases, including viral, bacterial and parasitic infections, cancer, neurodegeneration, cardiovascular disease and chromosomal abnormalities. Further details available here

MSc Plant Science and Biotechnology This course will give you specialist training in the modern molecular aspects of plant science. A large part of your teaching will be delivered by academics from the University’s Centre for Plant Sciences (CPS) linked to the latest research in their areas of expertise. Further details available here

Masters Courses in Geosciences, School of Earth and Environment

MSc Exploration Geophysics. Geophysics involves the use of physical techniques to study the Earth’s interior. It involves a range of disciplines, including seismic, gravity, magnetic and geo-electrical methods, applied throughout marine and onshore settings.

MSc Engineering Geology. Our Engineering Geology MSc provides you with the knowledge and skills required to embark upon a career in an industry which could see you working worldwide on a wide range of problems from sustainable infrastructure design to the assessment of environmental and geological risk.

MSc Structural Geology with Geophysics.  The Structural Geology with Geophysics MSc is a unique and globally leading Masters programme. This course will provide you with the advanced theoretical and practical training needed to flourish in a career in applied structural geology both across a range of geo-energy industries and as preparation for independent academic research.